KELOWNA, March 23, 2013 – For the second consecutive game the Seattle Thunderbirds and Kelowna Rockets needed overtime to decide a playoff game.
And for the second consecutive night, the T-Birds came out on top, scoring the overtime winner, to win the game 2-1 and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first round playoff series.
Seth Swenson took a shot that Kelowna goalie Jordon Cooke stopped but the rebound came to Jesse Forsberg in the left circle. Forsberg made a cross slot pass to Alexander Delnov at the right post. Cooke went down thinking it was a shot and Delnov redirected the pass past the prone goalie for the winning goal at 2:41 of overtime.
In Game 1 Friday night Luke Lockhart scored the overtime game-winning goal to give the T-Birds a 5-4 win. Since 1996 this was the eighth time the T-Birds and Rockets had played an overtime playoff game. The T-Birds have won six of the eight overtime playoff games between the two teams.
Both teams had three shots on goal in a scoreless first period.
Kelowna (0-2) took a 1-0 lead at 13:28 of the second period when Cole Linaker scored on a breakaway. Henrik Nyberg and Colton Heffley had the assists.
The Rockets outshot the T-Birds 10-9 in the second period and led 13-12 in total shots after two periods.
Seattle (2-0) tied the game 1-1 at 10:08 of the third period. Defenseman Jared Hauf got a loose puck at the top of the left circle. He skated towards the high slot and put a hard wrist shot on goal that beat Kelowna goalie Jordon Cooke over the blocker. Hauf had 11 assists during the regular season but no goals.
Both teams had six shots on goal in the third period and Kelowna led 19-18 in shots after regulation.
Kelowna outshot Seattle 3-1 in overtime and 22-19 in the game.
Seattle goalie Brandon Glover is now 2-0 in the playoffs after stopping 21 of 22 shots.
Cooke made 17 saves on 19 shots and his playoff record is now 0-2.
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First Round Playoff Schedule
Game 1 – Seattle 5, at Kelowna 4, OT
Game 2 – Seattle 2, at Kelowna 1, OT
Game 3 – Tuesday, March 26 vs. Kelowna at ShoWare Center at 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday, March 27 vs. Kelowna at ShoWare Center at 7:05 p.m.
Game 5 – Saturday, March 30 at Kelowna at Prospera Place at 7:05 p.m.*
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 2 vs. Kelowna at ShoWare Center at 7:05 p.m.*
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 3 at Kelowna at Prospera Place at 7:05 p.m.*
* if necessary
First period – No scoring. Penalties – Kambeitz, Sea (tripping), 4:41. Sheen, Sea (roughing), 7:23. Baillie, Kel (roughing), 7:23. Olsen, Kel (interference), 8:22. Hauf, Sea (interference), 12:50. Wardley, Sea (charging), 15:19. Frank, Kel (slashing),18:45. Hauf, Sea (roughing), 18:45.
Second period – 1, Kelowna, Linaker 1 (Nyberg, Heffley), 13:28. Penalties – Linaker, Kel (delay of game), 5:40. Bell, Kel (cross checking), 15:53. Honey, Sea (roughing), 19:15. Baillie, Kel (roughing), 19:15.
Third period – 2, Seattle, Hauf 1, 10:08. Penalties – No penalties.
Overtime – 3, Seattle, Delnov 1 (Forsberg, Swenson), 2:41. Penalties – No penalties.
Shots on goal – Seattle 3-9-6-1 19, Kelowna 3-10-6-3 22. Goalies – Seattle, Glover 22 shots-21 saves (2-0); Kelowna, Cooke 19-17 (1-1). Power plays – Seattle 0-3; Kelowna 0-3. A – 5,578. Referees – Ryan Benbow, Brett Iverson. Linesmen – Mike Langin, Ward Pateman.